A French Bulldogs Golden Years

Most dogs, when given the correct care and TLC can live complete and happy lives with their owners. However, given the level of impact our pets have on our lives, a beloved pet can never live long enough.  Every dog breed will have a different life span, and while taking care of your aging dog you need to adapt the environment to the dog for their comfort. As your dog gets older, just as humans, they will develop aches and pains along with generalized weakening of the muscles and a guaranteed increase in medical problems.

To keep your dog comfortable and happy in their golden years, you should protect them from excessive heat and cold because they will have lost the ability to regulate their body temperature like a younger dog.  Regular exercise is paramount, so long as their health matches the exercise routine.  If your dog is exhibiting signs of heavy panting or is resisting exercise at all, a change of routine is necessary.

Adapting the diet and feeding schedule is also important. As dogs get older they will become less active and therefore need fewer calories in their daily diet. If necessary, prescription foods are available through your veterinarian.  If you think your dog may require a specialized diet for any reason, make sure to discuss your concerns with a veterinary professional.

Aging dogs can also experience hearing loss and diminished eyesight.  Accommodations to these ailments are necessary for safety and should be adjusted as soon as they are needed.

Specialized dental care is also a consideration that needs to be addressed in aging dogs.  Due to their heightened risk of gum disease and general dental problems complete dental cleanings should be performed by your vet every six months.  Make sure that a complete blood panel is drawn at the time of the cleaning to check for any other issues that may arise.

The most important aspect of comforting your aging dog is to consider their age in human years.  If your dog id 13 years old, he may suffer the same aging milestones of a 75 year old human.  Make sure to continue with regular bi-annual vet exams.

Giving quality of life is the most important when it comes to growing older with your dog.  Keep the memories alive and stay on top of your dog’s more frequent health concerns!

A French Bulldog Breeders Take on Aging Dog Diseases and Exercise

I am a breeder of French bulldogs and have grown up with dogs my whole entire life and pretty much associate an old dog with a dying dog and they usually seem to be around 15 years of age. It wasn’t until I was an adult myself and started looking into other breeds that I was unfamiliar with that I learned that larger dog breeds have shorter lifespans than the medium to smaller breeds. This was a determination for me in choosing the French bulldog breed that seems to have on average a longer lifespan than other smashed face dogs like the boxer that has a lifespan of roughly 10 years. Whatever the length of life of your pet it just doesn’t seem like it’s long enough does it? As with humans it seems to be the case that when a dog ages they slow down. I have noticed the same in humans. The average older person seems to be less active than that same person was in their younger years. But contrary to what we do or think to be the norm, the fact is that the body associates aging with lack of activity so if you have a dog that is sedentary and doesn’t do much more than lay around the house and sleep you are certainly not encouraging this dogs longer lifespan.

 

I am not suggesting that an invalid animal or all dog diseases should be forced to run but I am asking you to consider the benefits of minimal but regular exercise. It works for humans and it works for animals. We could call it physical therapy. What I’m suggesting is regular small short doses of exercise that might increase over time or not, but definitely don’t ignore the possibility that stimulating the nervous system through even the most minimal exercise could help an older dog with his developing aches and pains or what generalized weaknesses that you might be observing.

 

I am speaking now from my own experience. I have a friend that has a 10-year-old dog that was diagnosed with degenerative nerve disease and the dog seems to be losing normal function of the hindquarters, periodically collapsing. The owner of the dog of course feels for her dog and doesn’t want to push her dog therefore babies the dog, one could say, and in the several days I’ve observed the dog it was not taken for walks and barely moves more than to take a Pee outside for a couple of minutes. So on day three I volunteered to take the dog for a walk but I was careful. I didn’t push the dog, but the dog was not panting and the dog did continue to move forward on the leash and by the end of only 30 minutes of a gentle walk around the block on a level surface the dog became obviously more agile in his hindquarters nearly swaying at all from left to right, walking forward with a much stronger strut.

 

Unless the dog or the human being is really ready to die, inflicted with dog diseases that are fatal, lack of activity can signal to the body to prepare itself for the state of decay which ultimately is death. There have been old people well into their 80s that have been sedentary for many many years that began regular exercise including cardiovascular exercise and after just a few weeks of continued gentle but daily exercise people that were in wheelchairs went to walker’s and after several months were able to periodically walk without even the walker. If this works for human beings and it has been tested how metabolisms change and brains function improves and internal organs function better, why not for dogs? If in humans only two changes in lifestyle, that of added exercise and also a purified diet, can make such a huge difference in nearly halting the aging process, I must then question the validity of this evidence in the health of an aging animal as well. I will have French Bulldogs for a long time to come and hope to perpetuate as long of a life span as possible.

Author: Dr. Marika Zoll is a clinical psychologist and breeder of French Bulldogs. Her site is http://www.frenchbulldogsla.com. She practices alternative medicine healing along with traditional preventive medicine.

French Bulldog Breeders No Grain Dog Food Recipes

I am a breeder of French Bulldogs and because I have puppies around so often I am very conscientious of sensitive digestive systems that easily have diarrhea. It is because of the many diarrhea episodes and terrible incidents of gas that I became extremely aware of the ingredients in my dogs food. Dog diet is as important to me as my own. In an ideal world I most definitely would strive to feed my dogs Raw food because I believe everything about what that sort of diet represents. However, having multiple dogs, five, and then always additional puppies, it is not economically feasible. There would be a lot of waste due to spoilage factors and it’s just simply much more expensive. So after much research I’ve chosen to do the next best thing which begins with eliminating grain from the dogs diet by feeding kibble food products that contain no grain and that are also processed in such a way that they advertise being compatible with raw food diets. Probably, like you, I love the idea of mixing something with the kibble which seems just so boring by itself. For starters, I must say that I soak my dogs food always in water for at least an hour before feeding, which I recommend to all pet owners as a tremendous way to be certain of water consumption in your dogs diet as well as being a good preventative medicine against ailments such as bloat that involve overstretching the stomach when a dog eats dry kibble and then gorges on water afterwards. The dry kibble in the belly then explodes to unhealthy proportions in the stomach possibly turning it over and strangulating the dog from the inside out. That being said, after having found several excellent quality kibbles that are made without grain and processed in a very healthy way, I desire to mix the kibble with some sort of a moist other food representing a much better variety of nutrition then a standard canned food. My choice of dog food recipes for this wet nutritional additives is a cooked chicken and bone recipe that I produce in a pressure cooker so that the bones become pulverized and all of the meat and bones can mush together almost like a stew. Be certain to remove the skin and the fatty juices by rinsing it away over the finished cooked food through a strainer. Another good recipe is to scramble ground beef that also is cooked well and all the fat is rinsed away. I put the scrambled beef then through the cuisinart grinder to make it like almost dusted flakes of meat. I mix that in with the wet soaked food and it coats everything. Yum. These will be the two recipes that I add to a no grain kibble to feed my dogs daily and I have to say it produces a good healthy poop, very little gas and dogs that haven’t in many cases been to a vet in years. If any news comes to you from this article lastly I want to emphasize the purchase of a pressure cooker to cook in the whole chicken, bones and all. It is a fantastic device that allows you the opportunity to feed bones in a safe manner, marrow and all, directly to your dog. A pressure cooker is also sometimes called a Canner, but they are the same device and they cook at a high pressurized temperature which literally makes the bones themselves crushable between your fingertips and completely safe for the dog to eat and ultimately extremely healthy. So go out and buy a pressure cooker and see for yourself today how you can enhance your dogs diet with these delightful natural flavors.

 

 

Author: Dr. Marika Zoll is a clinical psychologist and breeder of French Bulldogs. Her site is http://www.frenchbulldogsla.com. She practices alternative medicine healing along with traditional preventive medicine

Nature vs Nurture In French Bulldogs

There was a study done where twins and triplets that have been separated at birth or brought back together for observation and it was fascinating to note that the results of this study indicated that the nature of the person, in other words who you were born as, was much more what you turned out to be then that the environment that you were brought up in had an influence on who you turned out to be. So another words if you were brought up in a poor impoverished part of the world with very little food and parents that were not very educated you might turn out just the same as if you were brought up in Beverly Hills mansion with nannies and everything that you ever wanted was at your dispose. Some of the results of the study showed so many similarities, that it was actually shocking, to the details of preferred names and physical attributes of the wives both been named Linda when neither twin new the other and that they smoked the same brand of cigarettes and wore the same style of clothing and had the same favorite foods and wore the same perfume and styled their hair in a similar way all contrary to examples that we’ve heard of or seen whereby actually twins being brought up together sometimes strive radically to be different.

 

So how does this relate to animals? Well it seems that animals have an awful lot in common with humans and that’s why most studies for medicines and all kinds of things actually are tested on animals first and then transfer to humans. It works the other way around though too. Sometimes things are tested on humans first and those medications are given to animals on good faith that if it works for people it will work for my dog or any dog and I speak from experience because I have a dog with a congenital heart disease that’s being treated with human heart medication. This medication has never actually been tested on animals but merely by just a collection of facts passed between veterinarians the word got around that it seems to be working and so therefore it’s used on animals. Point being once again that animals and humans do have many similarities. So this is the inspiration for my discussion here which is that specific breeds of dogs, purebred dogs, one can say for certain that certain things are to be true for their nature. In a bad way this is being applied to pit bulls that are supposedly known for fighting. Although I’m not a pit bull owner I would beg to challenge this statement with one that says that pit bulls may be more inclined to bite and hold down there strong jaw’s but whether or not their nature is to be an aggressive dog breed, that’s something else to be said. This opinion is based on my experience with anger in humans which it has long since been proven is not inherited. In other words if you are Italian this will not mean that you have a temper. What it means is that someone in your family may have a temper and throughout generations an example has been set by observation that when something bothers you, you scream and yell and hit and so therefore people learn these behaviors. Likewise dogs can also learn behaviors such as to be aggressive with a certain command. Dog behaviour problems are learned and can be unlearned. All these things being said the point here is to simply point out that if the kind of dog that you want is one that loves to go swimming in the pool with you then a Labrador or golden retriever should be your choice. However if you like a dog that is extremely social with everybody and who will make you laugh because it contorts its body in funny ways or who snores like a human then a French bulldog would fit the bill. I can safely say that most French Bulldogs make snoring kinds of sounds to varying degrees and most French Bulldogs make me laugh at certain times of the day. But I can also say that most friends bulldogs are lazy and like to lay around a bit more than I used to know a dog would. Most certainly, for physical reasons being that their bones are very heavy compared to their size, a bet for a French bulldog to be a great swimmer is going to be a very rare occurrence.

 

So when choosing a dog for yourself don’t just react to the way it looks. Pay close attention to its nature and know that the way that the dog behaves much of those tendencies are inherited and anything that seems bad about the dog can probably be taught to be otherwise using positive reinforcement training techniques.

 

Author: Dr. Marika Zoll is a clinical psychologist and breeder of French Bulldogs. Her site is http://www.frenchbulldogsla.com. She practices alternative medicine healing along with traditional preventive medicine

Training your Dog with Positive Reinforcement

One of the most important things you can understand in the training of your dog is the concept of positive reinforcement. My name is Dr. Marika Zoll and I am by education a clinical psychologist. I am also a breeder of French Bulldogs and an animal trainer. There are many facets of training children or people in general that are very similar to the way that animals are trained. We call it behavioral psychology. It is about how our behaviors are connected to what our brains are taught.

Let’s go back to basics for a moment because I’m sure that somewhere in your early education you learned about the premise of putting your finger in the flame and how once you’ve done that and hurt yourself you will pretty much never do it intentionally again and often times even getting near the flame will stimulate a reflex whereby someone pulls their hand away so quickly that there is no chance of injury. Take a moment to remember anything that is for you either pleasant or unpleasant. If it made you feel good you usually want to do it again and if it left you feeling fear or any sort of negative feelings you pretty much want to stay away from it. Correct?

So let’s use a human child first for our example. You have a baby that is crying in its crib and the mother or the father go into the room and comfort the child by picking it up, taking him in their arms and eventually rocking it to sleep. The next night comes and the child’s put to bed and the baby cries again and again the parents actually remember how when they picked up the baby that they rocked to sleep the night before and the child went to sleep and then they had relief of the crying child. However the child has just learned for the second time that when it cries it will be picked up. This is a simple example of what we call positive reinforcement which means that something is gained by the behavior. The child cries and then it learns that it will be picked up. This positive reinforcement of the behavior teaches the child very quickly that if he cries he gets the results he wants. Funny enough the parents are also being reinforced because they are learning that when they pick up the child it stops crying.

This can become a vicious cycle because even though most parents probably deep down do understand that they really want their kid to go to sleep without the necessity for crying and cradling and rocking it to sleep, in the immediacy of the situation, relief is wanted and the parents continue to pick up the crying child night after night, week after week, month after month, and sometimes for years.

These parents eventually come seeking help from somebody like me asking what they can do, not realizing that they have themselves encouraged the entire problem. So the remedy is to un-teach this expected result from the bad behavior by NOT picking the child up. Initially for most parents this will be the four most difficult days of their lives with their new baby because they believe in their hearts that they are hurting the child somehow when it screams bloody murder. Seriously though, it takes on average four days or often less to simply re-teach the child that it can, in fact, on its own, stop crying, lay down and get comfortable and fall asleep. In fact once it has this example the child, for the first time, realizes its own abilities to take care of itself. This is the beginning of a very positive life lesson.

So how does this relate to your dog? Are you familiar with the scenario where the dogs are barking and then somebody yells at the dogs to be quiet or even walks into the room and scolds the animals to shut them up? The dog stops for a few moments, looks at you, and as soon as you leave the room the dog starts barking again. Well guess what? You just taught the dog when he barks you will come to the room and give him attention much like the parents going to the baby crying in the crib. Ultimately a stern voice in the distance but not showing your face to the dog is a better solution.

Have you ever seen the bad behavior of a small dog that is being carried around by its owner? The dog growls and snarls at people who come close to pet it in the owners arms. Or a dog snarls when someone tries to come up on the couch where it’s owner is sitting. The solution is to remove the dog from the owner rather than what most often times happens is the owner picks up the dog, scolds it while holding it but then continues to hold the dog and keep it nearby. The fault of the dog’s bad behavior is not really the dog, it’s the owner who has taught the dog that when he behaves badly he gets attention for it.

All of these examples are positive reinforcement. The animal is getting something good for his bad behavior.

So from now on when you notice the bad behavior in your dog or puppy be mindful of the fact that the very thing that you’re doing could be perceived as positive reinforcement for the bad behavior. Instead consider ignoring the animal, turning your back and walking away. Overtime the animal will learn that it gets nothing from you by behaving in that way or in fact loses the privilege of being near you, probably the most devastating thing for a dog in love with its owner.

 

Author: Dr. Marika Zoll is a clinical psychologist and breeder of French Bulldogs. Her site is http://www.frenchbulldogsla.com. She practices alternative medicine healing along with traditional preventive medicine

French Bulldog Breeders Dog Training Tips that Make Dog Walking Easy!

So let’s talk about dog training tips that attribute to walking your dog and how to make it easy and pleasant for both of you. This means for you primarily that your dog is not pulling you down the street. And this means for the dog somewhat the same, that he’s not pulling you down the street which must be choking at his neck and make things less comfortable for him. My advice to you is if you’ve got a new puppy begin by walking your puppy, preferably, without even a leash. Young puppies have an instinct to follow your ankles and if they associate your ankles with the walk this makes things much easier as the dog develops his own thought patterns later on and wants to walk someplace where you are not aware you might be slow to come too. So that’s just a pointer for little tiny puppies. Though let’s presume that your puppy is older and maybe your dog is even grown and you’re having this ridiculous issue of the dog taking you for a walk for some time now. Well, this can so easily be turned around. Are you ready for a simple answer?

 

You need to understand thoroughly the premise of positive reinforcement behavioral training. Positive reinforcement basically is that when you do something you get a result or reaction for the action. So in other words, if your dog is pulling you down the street and he keeps getting to move forward, he is being reinforced for pulling you. He’s getting to move forward on his walk. Albeit uncomfortable, he’s getting some kind of reinforcement for his behavior. He likes moving forward from point A to point B getting to where the smells are coming from, so you are, in essence, reinforcing his pulling behavior by allowing it to happen. Almost all things training related in dogs or any other kind of animal for that matter, works on the premise of positive reinforcement. It goes back to this notion that if the animal gets something good for his behavior he will keep doing it. I’m sure you can relate to the idea of rewarding the dog with a treat. Well it’s the same notion with that concept. He does something and he gets a treat! The treat can be likened to getting to move forward on the walk.

 

So the trick is to not reinforce the bad behavior. What you need to do is not allow him to pull you forward; rather you need to pull him backwards and entirely in the opposite direction. I promise, you do this for three days, whenever he’s pulling forward on the leash, you immediately turn yourself around and start pulling hard and fast in the other direction. Do this at the same time with a verbal command of “no pulling” or and “stop pulling”. Then, as soon as the dog recovers and is now basically running behind you because you want to move that quick, you then stop and give the dog positive reinforcement for his good behavior. This is given in the form of pats and cuddles and words like “good dog”, delivered in a soft and pleasant tone. You will quickly see the results of not letting the dog control the walk, but rather you control the walk by pulling against what he wants to do and very soon your dog will respond to commands of “no pulling” or “stop pulling”. There after, when you say “good dog” he will associate those words with walking close to you and at your side or behind you. Give it a try! You will be amazed, I’m sure.

Author: Dr. Marika Zoll is a clinical psychologist and breeder of French Bulldogs. Her site is http://www.frenchbulldogsla.com. She practices alternative medicine healing along with traditional preventive medicine

French Bulldog Breeders Act Responsibly

French Bulldog Breeding Ethics

My name is Dr. Marika Zoll. I am a doctor of psychology but have furthered my education in genetics and animal behavioral psychology and would love to share with you some of what I have learned. I have been breeding French Bulldogs now for approximately 8 years and can tell you that I’ve learned an awful lot and probably the most from my own mistakes that I have made. The biggest one was the first one that put me on the edge of my seat when my first litter of puppies produced six puppies seemingly healthy but one entirely deaf which we did not realize until it was four months old. It was only then that I was forced to do the research and wondered if this was entirely an accident or something that I could have controlled. I came to understand the science behind breeding together two animals that have the majority of their bodies white or missing of color. I did in fact breed together a male that was white with cream colored spots and a female that was white with brindle colored spots. I was hoping for a bunch of puppies with all kinds of different colored spots having no idea that this would be a recipe for disaster if you consider being deaf a downfall. The reason for this is that the white colored gene bonds itself to the deaf gene. This is a likely circumstance in all species of animals including human albinos and white goldfish included. Any creature that carries an abundance of white genes is also carrying deaf genes and for an unknown reason those genes are attracted to each other and travel most times in pairs. This means that when there are present white genes you have deaf genes. I hope that you remember that part in basic science class where genes are dominant and recessive and depending upon the combination two dominant genes will show its face more easily than a recessive gene. The white gene or lighter colored gene is considered a recessive gene. A dark black or brindle colored gene is considered dominant. When two dark colored creatures breed together the odds are in favor that the babies produced will also be dark unless either one of those dark breeding creatures has a parent that is of a light color which is then an indicator that the dark-colored animal is also carrying the lighter recessive color gene. So initially, understanding recessive and dominant nature of genes, I presumed that if I was breeding together two light colored dogs this would increase my chances for a light colored dog however I did not know about the combination of the light white gene color with the deaf gene. What I was also assuring myself of, then unknowingly, is a bigger chance of deafness because both parents are carrying the deaf gene in this type of a breeding situation. This being the case with six puppies in a litter my chances were increased by six times that I had the chance of a puppy retaining death genes from both the mother and father which would indeed result in deafness somewhere in that breeding.

Good breeding practices are to NOT breed together two animals that one knowingly understands could produce an animal of a less perfect quality. Breeding an animal just for money purposes when one knows that it’s possible to have a deaf offspring is, in my opinion, irresponsible and selfish behavior.

When looking for a puppy as a pet and you prefer a light colored dog it would be a good idea to always be certain that you know who the parents were and that one of those parents most definitely should have been a dark solid colored dog. If it was not and there were two light-colored dogs bred together then you must have your puppy tested for hearing.

Whether you are a breeder already or are thinking about breeding please don’t do it just for the money. Do it wisely and don’t make choices that can result in unhealthy puppies. It is these kind of breeders that gives a bad name to breeding in general and are often referred to as backyard breeders. Please don’t be one of them! Take this new found knowledge to heart and encourage good healthy puppies. Don’t just put together two white animals unless you’re certain that there is some color in the line/relatives somewhere. I don’t know how this applies to breeds that are only white such as a Maltese but in my education my understanding is that those dogs also carry the deaf gene so get your puppy tested for hearing if that’s the breeding of your choice.

 

AUTHOR: The author is Dr. Marika Zoll. She is clinical psychologist and also a breeder of French Bulldogs. You can see more of her work with dogs at her website http://www.frenchbulldogsla.com.

Flea Free

French Bulldog Breeders Trick To Get Rid Of Fleas Naturally!

I am a breeder of French Bulldogs. I bring my dogs up out in the country amongst hot summers and cool winters and I must say with confidence that we have fleas and ticks outside in the yard. So most of you probably presume that with that statement would join the remedy of on-the-spot flea treatments, to keep my home flea free. However, this is not the case! I do not use on-the-spot flea treatments after learning how incredibly toxic they are. Natural Flea Control is entirely possible. Contrary to what you would think, it’s not the thing that kills fleas that is so toxic, rather it’s what the medicine is mixed with, the inert ingredients, that are combined with the flea killer. Nowadays I can say go and Google it! Type into your search bar the phrase “What is toxic about on the spot flea medications”. You’ll have your answer there pretty quickly. In the interest of keeping this article brief just take my word for it they are and the good news is that you don’t have to use them because, despite where I live and the conditions outside and my dogs that actually wonder in and out of the house, I absolutely have no problem with fleas. My purpose here is to tell you how I do that and for you to realize that it is actually extremely simple. My magic potion is vinegar! Vinegar is actually a magic potion for more things than killing fleas but in this instance it is the answer to your question. I make a 50-50 solution of vinegar and water, and always after bathing my dogs, roughly once a month, I douse them in this solution and let them drip dry. Following that I maintain their now alkaline skin environment with regular squirts from a bottle that includes the same contents of 50-50 vinegar and water solution that I sprayed onto their crotch and their armpits nightly while hanging out in the living room. That’s it! That’s all I do! I squirt vinegar and water solution daily onto their crotch and armpits and douse them once a month with a solution following a bath and we never have a problem in our household, never ever. The only other part of my recipe that I forgot to mention is using a shampoo to bathe dog in that includes NEEM OIL and there are several on the market but my favorite is TropiClean Neem Flea and Tick Dog Shampoo available everywhere on line even at Amazon. Buy the concentrate 5:1 for your best value. It smells great and it works great in combination with the vinegar and water. So go give it a try and finally be fully flea free in your household without adding any sort of toxic ingredient to your dogs system. Natural flea control is absolutely real. Start today.

Author: Dr. Marika Zoll is a clinical psychologist and breeder of French Bulldogs. Her site is http://www.frenchbulldogsla.com. She practices alternative medicine healing along with traditional preventive medicine

Art Of Dog Walking

French Bulldog Breeder, Dr. Marika Zoll, Reflects on Dog Walking and Dogs Sense of Smell

Most people assume that the purpose of the dogs walk is to take a bathroom break or get a little exercise. But in fact the most important facets of the walk is about the stimulation of the dogs senses, his sense of smell, and the using of their brain when they detect the millions of smells and things on the ground that you nor I are ever aware of. I am a breeder and owner of French Bulldogs. I have 5 of them. I’ve talked before about the importance of exercise in an aging dog to stimulate the dog physically and that would be true, but certainly it is just as important to stimulate the central nervous system which is done so by smell for the dog. This is why I walk all of my dogs everyday, often twice a day.

I would imagine too that when my dog seems constantly hungry in the kitchen it might not necessarily mean that he’s always hungry but that he is just so stimulated from the smells in the kitchen that this is what brings him more to life than any other time.

Think of the human world and how we go out of our way to stimulate ourselves with smells via cooking or incense or perfumes or scented candles or air fresheners or cleaning products. Even our sense of smell is prevalent in our everyday activities. Now imagine that what we experience is amplified by 10 times because it has been studied and indicated that the dogs sense of smell is much more sensitive or stronger than ours. So if your dog is just lying around sleeping in his bed how does this stimulate him other than that he’s getting some rest. Typically the lack of activity can’t be a great thing if it’s too much and also what is he getting to smell there in his bed unless you start cooking something up in the kitchen. In the same way that bodies can be kept younger by exercise it could also be true that the brain remains sharper and younger when it is exercised and smelling things stimulates the senses which is stimulated by the brain so an older dog or any dog for that matter is having its brain stimulated when it gets to smell things.

A dog that isn’t feeling well when a piece of chicken is put to its nose will be nonreactive which is how you will know that your dog really is sick. Otherwise the dog in this deep slumber, whereby you put a little something smelly in front of its nose, that could even be an old bone, the dog will perk up its ears and stand up and come right back to life.

So the next time you’re feeling lazy and your dog hasn’t had a walk yet today think about how your day would’ve been if you’d had a stuffed up nose all day and the inability to smell any wonders of the world in just that one day alone and maybe that will be enough of a kick to your butt to put on your jacket and walk out the door.

A bonus point is you, yourself, can even muster up some exercise out of the whole deal. Don’t under estimate the importance of stimulating your own senses. When you are feeling groggy the next time, instead of thinking about a nap, grab a leash and take the dog out for a walk. Maybe this time think less about the dogs sniffer and more about walking faster. This will trigger endorphins in your own brain and be a better “pick me up” than any cup of coffee. I know the feelings. I also know how hard it is at this point to do the exercise. But maybe if you can use the dog as that extra thing that makes a difference in your choice, then go for it! You love the dog. The dog loves you. Go make some Art of the walk.

Author: Dr. Marika Zoll is a clinical psychologist and breeder of French Bulldogs. Her site is http://www.frenchbulldogsla.com. She practices alternative medicine healing along with traditional preventive medicine.

What Is The Nature Of A French Bulldog?

The Nature Of French Bulldogs

This article is about nature versus nurture in humans and animals: meaning- are you who you were born to be or is it the nurturing that you got through your life that turned you into who you’ve become. An example might be: were you born with a temper because you are Italian or did you learn to have a temper? The answer to that, by the way, is, in fact, that you learned to have a temper by observation of someone in your life having a temper. But that’s for a whole other conversation. Right now I want to concern our thoughts with the idea of nature versus nurture in regards to dogs and ultimately you should feel more comfortable with breed descriptions.

When talking about dogs some statements might be somewhat true like that there are terrier breeds that Bark more than other breeds or that Chihuahua’s seem to shake easily or that a Labrador or a Golden Retriever loves to swim and we can also add to that list that French Bulldogs are extremely social and there isn’t a person that they don’t like. But despite the fact that we could say that a French bulldog is an extremely social breed, is it not possible to also say that other breeds couldn’t learn to be nurtured to be more social? I had Shetland sheep dogs growing up and they would run and hide whenever strange people came around.

Back to humans for a moment because in fact much of what we learned about humans is carried over to animals including specific medications given to animals that have been only tested on humans and then seem just sort of work on animals in the same way. I speak from my own experience as I have a dog that takes medications for its heart that were never tested on animals and are daily prescribed to humans. All that being said the twin studies or the triplet studies with humans have the most to say about nature and nurture in creatures that are brought up in different environments yet born from the same parents. After 25 years of living separately, separated at birth, triplets brought back together for study were noted to have an astonishing amount of similar traits. These traits included things like the way that they dressed, the music that they preferred, the names of the women that they married and what they looked like, the kinds of perfume that they preferred and whether they were outgoing or introverted and so on.

I was at a dog park yesterday, where I had never been to before, with a French bulldog puppy, age 5 months, that I was delivering to her forever home Owners. I walked around there the only French Bulldog for a while. Then progressively others arrived and suddenly there were six French Bulldogs and it was fascinating to see that the French Bulldogs all gravitated towards one another. Would you say it’s because they recognize that they look alike or would you say that perhaps like people we are attracted to energies that are similar to our own? Sometimes our curiosity is roused by something entirely different but the truth is, the friends that we choose, the people we hang out with to do the things we like most to do, we all have many traits in common. So I see this same kind of thing happening with dog,s that similar dogs are attracted to one another and I don’t think it’s a coincidence. I could only prove this to you if I again and again set up a scenario similarly were I would bring similar dogs into a common environment over and over and take note of how the similar dogs start to group up together. The point here really is just that energy attracts like energy. I’m sure you’ve heard about the condition of “manifestation” and how to create what you want by thinking about it. Well that’s all about energy and therefore people that have similar energies are attracted to each other and animals that have similar energies seem to be attracted to one another. The point is though, as this article began, that we were questioning is if this is something they are born with or is it something that they are taught. I am here to say that it something that is inborn and therefore one can develop a preference for a certain breed of dog based on the inherent nature of the animal which, in this case, French Bulldogs, is that they are an extremely social breed with people, perhaps sometimes more likely to have an alpha nature, but not certainly always, just maybe more often than not, and with this in mind, when brought up special consideration should be given to the fact that French Bulldogs can be bossy and therefore you don’t want to reinforce this behavior because it could get worse. Remember about time – outs when your puppy is a brat!

If you are thinking about getting a dog for the first time or the second time, whatever it is, just be mindful that the dog that you get is more than what it looks like. Do your research and read descriptions about the nature of different dog breeds. Natures are very specific to the breed and if a French Bulldog interests you at all you need to know that it is definitely a more lazy dog. It is often a very funny dog with dance like “Hello” antics. It very loyal everyone (easy to jump in a strangers car) never being hostile towards people. It will sometimes be skeptical of other dogs and then from there you can train your dog to bloom in certain areas like deterring it from aggressive bossy behavior by never reinforcing the bad behavior.

 

Author: Dr. Marika Zoll is a clinical psychologist and breeder of French Bulldogs. Her site is http://www.frenchbulldogsla.com. She practices alternative medicine healing along with traditional preventive medicine.